Wovles technical director Scott Sellars has moved to explain the club’s decision to send Adama Traore on loan to Barcelona in January.
Wanderers decided to do business with the Spanish giants during the last window and let the winger join on a temporary basis until the end of the season.
Traore headed back to his former club, and the hope was that he would get lots of game time.
But that did not prove to be the case.
Traore ended up making just 17 appearances for the club, with just 11 of those coming in La Liga.
He played 90 minutes just once for the club, and Wolves fans have watched on utterly bemused. And also frustrated.
That’s because wolves failed to agree an obligation to buy clause. Instead, they agreed to an to to buy, which Barca don’t intend to trigger.
That’s left Wolves in a bad position. Traore has a year left on his contract, won’t sign a new deal at Molineux and has played very little football in the past couple of months.
In the second series of ‘Ask Wolves’, Johnny Phillips spoke to technical director Sellars, and asked him about the Traore situation.
He said (Wolves official): “I think that, ultimately, Adama didn’t want to stay, he doesn’t want to sign a new contract, was offered, in our opinion, a very good contract.
“I think it was a situation where we had to look at that, he wasn’t playing, so wasn’t actually given an opportunity to show his skills, his ability, couldn’t get into the team.
“We felt at the time probably to go to his hometown where he’s from. Obviously he’s got a close affinity to the club and he wanted really to push that to go, that for all parties really it was the best option.
“We wanted him to go there, show everyone what he could do in Spain, obviously being back home, but ultimately, like with us, he hasn’t had the minutes that he probably wanted himself.”
So what happens next with Traore? Well Sellars kept his cards close to his chest on that one.
“I think it’s still to be decided. Obviously, we’ve got one or two things we can look at and it’s certainly something we’ll discuss in the summer.”
Recently, there was a claim that Tottenham Hotspur have re-emerged as a possible suitor for Traore.
Spurs bid £15 million for the player in January, before Wolves sent him to Barca.
Scott Sellars comments on Adama Traore are extremely frustrating
Traore should never have been loaned put in January.
Yes Wolves had the likes of Hwang Hee-chan and Pedro Neto coming back from injury. But it was always possible they would not hit the ground running when they returned.
If there were no big transfer offers for Traore, then the £43,000-a-week star should have just been kept.
And if Wolves felt the need to loan him, then an obligation to buy should have been negotiated.
Now we have a situation whereby Traore’s current market value has dipped considerably.
Sellars says the club have ‘one or two’ things they can look at with the player.
But many fans will not be holding their breath.
This was also a chance for Sellars to perhaps show a bit of accountability for what was a really risky decision that hasn’t paid off.
Overall, this has been a very frustrating situation.